Marcia’s Christmas Cottage Tour🎄

 

“It’s not what’s under the Christmas tree that matters; it’s who’s around it.”

– Charlie Brown

 

 

Hello, sweet friend…

 

 

 

 

We will be having company for the weekend…and everything seems aglow… as we wait in joyful anticipation of our friend’s arrival…

 

 

A perfect moment to share this years Christmas decor…

 

 

before the season gets away from me.

 

 

This year I wanted to emphasize the white lights.

 

 

Having recently returned from Paris influenced this.  more

 

 

That being said…

 

 

I also decided on placing a tree in every room…

 

 

the trees are small other than the ones in the living room…

 

 

and kitchen.

 

 

I enjoy the smell of pine and since all the trees are faux I placed a pine wreath on the coffee table in the living room.

 

 

For me one of the best things about decorating with white lights…

 

 

is in the darkness…

 

 

they are the brightest…

 

 

magical…

Marcia
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Postcards From Abroad…The Ritz Hotel

 

Le Ritz, c’est ma maison”

-COCO CHANEL

 

Hello…

 

 

 

Today Joe and I are celebrating our 15twedding anniversary!

 

 

 

 

 

 

and just arrived at our big destination…

 

 

The Ritz Hotel in Paris, France…More

 

 

 we had been planning this trip for quite some time…15 years

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

as you might imagine…we were so excited…

 

 

From the moment we arrived we were overwhelmed with the service…elegance…and beauty of the hotel.

 

 

 

 

As we waited for our lunch reservations we were invited to tour the hotel by a staff member…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the tour we were seated out in the garden in a private area for lunch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was a perfect day in Paris and the garden was breathtakingly beautiful.😘

 

 

Joe ordered a cheese plate…

 

 

I ordered lobster rolls…

 

 

and we shared a carmelized slice of apple pie for dessert.

 

 

After a leisurely lunch our guide whose name was Abdul arrived to take us to our suite.

 

 

As we entered the room I was taken aback by the view from the entry…

 

 

floor to ceiling glass doors overlooking Paris…

 

 

I noticed a bouquet of long stem white roses from Joe💋

 

 

The room was beyond anything I could have imagined…in luxury…elegance…refinement…perfection. Being overwhelmed with Joy all I could do was stand there and weep.  Abdul said he had to leave because he was afraid that he too might begin to cry.

 

 

This was a moment that will never be forgotten. On this day our 15th wedding anniversary we made it to the Ritz and were in the lap of luxury.

 

 

 

 

 

 

That being said we luxuriated…

 

 

in everything…

 

 

sitting outside on the balcony over looking the city…

 

 

ordering room service.

 

 

We ended our day by slipping in a nightcap at The Bar Hemingway.

 

 

It was exceptional…

 

 

We vowed to one day return…

to be continued…

 

Now join me for a mini tour of our suite….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marcia
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The Holiday Season is Upon Us🎄

 

 

 

 

“Christmas won’t be Christmas without my presents”

-Jo March (Louisa May Alcott)

 

Hello!

I thought I’d drop in…

today🎄

 

 

 

My inner voice is speaking loudly.

 

 

 

 

I’m actually on my way to church to practice the piano for Sunday’s service.

 

 

However…I spent a good part of the day perusing one of my favorite shops…Katrina Katheen’s

 

 

I think this is becoming a tradition of mine… the day after Thanksgiving I drive 20+ miles to enjoy beginning of the holiday season.

 

 

 

 

I had memories of  California and all the familiar sites and sounds I used to frequent during this time of year.  If you ever read any of my very early blogs you might remember that in my California home I had a whole closet filled with Christmas and decorating items… Back in those days it was about lots of stuff and lots of decorating. 🙀

 

 

Today as I was perusing this wonderful shop and feeling the excitement of the season a thought came over me…

 

 

listening to Christmas music…snacking on a cupcake (or two)…and smelling the sweet aroma of the apple cider… just experiencing all the decorating and beauty is enough. This year I’m using mini lights on my tree (s) and keeping things rather simple…filling my cottage with those things that bring beauty and light.

 

 

As the holiday season begins….I’m planning on experiencing the beauty of the season… without getting all stressed and wrapped up into divine stress and frenzy.

 

 

I suppose this is the voice that is speaking to me today…reminding me reasons to slow down a bit to enjoy all the beauty…and yes even the excitement.

Enjoy the season!💋

 

Marcia
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Paris…The Eiffel Tower

 

                         

 

     “A walk in Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and the point of life”

– Thomas Jefferson, American President

Hi!

 

So here we are…first day in Paris!

 

 

 

 

All checked into our hotel arrival

 

 

and after resting a bit decided to go for a walk.

 

 

Just a few doors down from the hotel we saw a cafe that served a variety pastas and salads…and got a little something to eat first.

 

 

After dinner we strolled over to the Eiffel Tower…about

 

 

because it wasn’t that far from our hotel.

 

 

It was a beautiful evening and before we knew it…

 

 

there it was…

 

 

the magnificent tower.

 

 

There was an entrance you had to go through just to check your bags…so we got in the line to enter. We actually didn’t have any plans on going up to the Eiffel Tower that day…we thought we would just go look…since we thought we needed to have tickets ahead of time due to the long lines. However it was just one of those moments that everything fell into place.

 

 

There was a line…however it wasn’t that long…you could see people going up. We got in line and paid 50 euros to go all the way to the top. I was so excited!

 

 

We waited in line…there was a French couple in front of us and a British couple behind us. We exchanged pleasantries…and then we got on the elevator. We went first to the first landing and then there was a sandwich place and since I was hungry again…I ordered a sandwich.

 

 

We weren’t in any rush…we took our time and then we went to the next level to the very top…which was spectacular!

 

 

One of the highlights of our trip…there we were at the top of the Eiffel Tower  the beam of light that was a spotlight going around the city.

 

 

 

There was a gentle rain that caught the rainbow prism of the beam of light…it was just the most romantic spectacular view..we took in all of the city and stayed up there for quite a while.

Next stop…

The Ritz Hotel

 

Marcia
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Postcards From Abroad…Arrival in Paris💋

 

       “Traveling. It leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”

-Ibn Battuta

 

Hi!

 

 

 

So today Joe and I are brimming with excitement because we are going to France…specifically Paris…which is the major part of our trip.

 

 

We arrived at the station early… so I had time to do a little shopping…and while I was paying for a purchase in a Cath Kidston shop the sales girl told me I had an amazing accent. I told her that I thought she had the amazing accent. 😉 When it was time we got in line for the Chunnel and noticed we needed to go through customs again. We got through with minimal baggage in tow…hopped in car 11…and found our seats. Even though we had been on the Chunnel before during a summer vacation in 2005 we were so excited with anticipation of returning to Paris and to be riding it again. The 2 1/2 hour trip was pleasant…While Joe rested a bit I visited the diner for a latte. Before we knew it we had arrived at the hustling bustling Garden du Nord station in Paris…

 

 

by now Joe and I were both hungry so we stopped and had a bite at the cafe…

 

 

located in the Station.

 

 

After lunch we chose not to take the underground…

 

 

opting instead to take a cab to the Eiffel Turenne Hotel read more   

The driver turned out to be delightful…

 

 

and our drive felt more like a tour as the driver pointed out many wonderful sights…

 

 

Plaza Concordia…

 

 

La Madeleine Church…

 

 

 

 

all the different plazas…

 

 

the River Seine…

 

 

the different bridges…

 

 

giving us…

 

 

 

 

 

 

the flavor of the city.

 

 

 

 

He told us he lived 10 kilometers out of Paris and that one day he would like to come to the states and ride a motorcycle all the way down the West coast.😉 Having had such a wonderful experience with a friendly taxi driver who spoke English well…was a delightful way to spend our first morning in Paris.

 

When we arrived at our hotel we were so happy to see how close we were to the Eiffel Tower.

up next…

The Eiffel Tower

 

The flavor of Paris💋

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marcia
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